Number 11: Stankonia (2000)
Released in 2000, Stankonia was a proving point in hip-hop that the dirty south was here to stay. Stankonia may not be on the same quality level as Aquemini but the creativity on Stankonia is in my opinion the most creative and diverse thing Outkast ever did. It’s a spectacular album that mixes everything from funk, gospel, psychedelic, and even rock. Stankonia will also be well known for being the final album in arguably the best three album stretch in hip-hop from 1996 to 2000 that included ATLiens, Aquemini, and Stankonia. For me I feel mixed with this album at times, even though you get some of Outkast’s all time great songs like Ms Jackson, Gasoline Dreams, B.O.B., and more you also get a slew of interludes and other pointless tracks that take away from the overall enjoyment of the album personally. At the same time I also feel as if Stankonia wouldn’t be the same without these interludes and awkward tracks.
One of the biggest reasons why Outkast and Stankonia in particular will always have a special place in my heart is because of the fact that Stankonia was one of the first albums that got me into hip-hop and made me the hip-hop fanatic I am today. As the awkwardness of Stankonia grows overtime for me I along with many can’t deny how fun and groovy this album is and it being the gold standard of southern hip-hop.
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